How To Deal With The Uni Blues


University can be great fun. You’ve started a brand new chapter of your life and the world is your oyster, all you have to do is grab that metaphorical bull by the horns and tackle it. While you’re loving that first week of university, partying by night and attempting to attend lectures by day, you don’t give yourself time to think. Once the initial excitement has subsided, however, you may find you begin to feel the press of the Uni Blues.

This year a study came out showing an increase in student stress levels. The BBC News article states that a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England has reported an increase in students searching for counselling over the past couple of years.


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The University of Reading, for instance, shows mental health has increased by 20% every year. Students are not only looking for help and advice on homesickness, relationships and loneliness, they’re also showing more serious mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Providing you with top quality student housing in Lancaster and Leicester, we’ve seen our fair share of struggling students. Though we do our best to ease your financial stress with our Privilege Card, we thought we’d pass on some advice to help you cope with your Uni Blues.


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Spend Time With Friends and Socialise

You won’t be the only one feeling the tug of loneliness or stress. The worst thing you can do is board yourself up in your room and wait it out. Not only will you grow sick of staring at the same four walls, you’ll feel worse than you did before. Going days without seeing or speaking to people is a huge knock on the soul.

Pick yourself up and step out into your hallway, knock on a few doors, talk to your friends and socialise with them. Go to the cinema or the pub, visit an event and have some fun. A little TLC with your university friends may be all you need to feel like yourself again.


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Put Time Aside to Try Something New

Moving to university gives you the chance to try things you may never have tried before. First Aid courses, Paragliding and trips out to foreign countries are all at your fingertips so take the chance to experiment. During your Freshers week you’ll find that your university will have stalls showing off their amazing societies and clubs. Not only is joining one (or several) of these great fun, but it’s the perfect way to meet new people and make lots of friends!

You may find that a new love in your life, or a hobby you fall head over heels for, can help to reduce your stress.


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Talk to Somebody

Above all else, talk to somebody. Talk to your friends, your housemates, your family or a counsellor. Talk until your mouth feels dry and you’ve no more words. Suffering in silence, especially if you’re feeling more than a little homesick, won’t help you. If nobody knows why you’re so quiet, if they don’t understand why you want to lock yourself in your room, then they won’t be able to help you.


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The Uni Blues isn’t something to take lightly. A lot of the time stress levels in students come down to financial struggles and fears of future job prospects. There are plenty of things in place to help you deal socially and financially at university, you just need to say something. Here at City Block we understand student struggles, if you’d like to know how we can help you, contact us today on 01524 541251 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


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Just Started University? How Not To Spend All Your Money In The First Month

Whether you’ve just started university or you’re in your final year, the temptation to spend all your money will be everywhere you turn. Whilst it might seem like a good idea to blow all your money in the first few weeks, it’s something that you will later regret when you realise you have months left until your next instalment.  Soon you’ll find yourself missing out on fun things because you don’t even have a pound to your name!

To avoid this happening, we have put together a few tips to help you manage your finance and avoid spending it all before October is even over.

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Don’t Join Every Club & Society

Whilst it might be tempting to sign up to every club or society that sounds even a little interesting to you, it’s important that you’re a lot more selective. Often, these clubs will come with join up fees and annual membership costs, which will add up as the year goes on.

You should take some time and work out which ones you’re actually interested in. Which ones will you attend each week? Do you have time for this and that? Don’t be pressured into saying yes straight away, you can leave it until the deadline.

Buy a Student Discount Card

Don’t be put off by the fact that a NUS card will cost you around £12 – you’ll save a lot more than this within the first month. A lot of students rely on their library cards as proof of student ID but this often isn’t accepted in a lot of places – especially online.

You should sign up to websites such as studentbeans and UNiDAYS for even more discount codes. You’ll save a lot on clothing, food and drink in certain places.

Oh, and don’t forget about our exclusive CityBlock Privilege Card which gives you loads of great local offers!

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Look For a Part Time Job

Working might not sound like fun but do you know what else isn’t fun? Having no money whilst your friends are off on nights out and attending events. You might feel rich when your first student loan hits your bank account but it won’t last long.

Look for a part time job that works around your university hours and doesn’t affect your studying. Most retail shops are good with students – offering them flexible hours and weekend shifts.

Go Cheap With Food Shopping

Don’t be tempted to just do your shopping at the nearest supermarket. You will be better searching for the cheaper supermarket or the one that offers the better deals. You can usually look this up online or ask around and see where other people have been shopping.

You should also aim to buy non-branded stuff as they often taste exactly the same but come at a much cheaper price. Try a few things and see if you can taste the difference.

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If you have any queries about our Leicester or Lancaster uni accommodation, or you would like to enquire about booking next year, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer stunning city centre accommodation which means that you’re never far from everything that is going on.

For more information, just give us a call on 01524 541251 (Lancaster) or on 0116 2517270 (Leicester) and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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Roald Dahl Appreciation – Happy 99th Birthday!

At CityBlock it’s that time of year where we begin to welcome all the new starters in their posh blazers, with their swanky new pencil cases and spit polished cheeks. Everywhere from our Lancaster to De Montfort University accommodation will be welcoming the sound of pen on paper and keyboard tapping as you begin your yearlong studying spate, but there’s a wee while yet, right?

So to ease you in to your first weeks we thought we would combine the celebration of a fantastic literary mind whilst simultaneously providing you with some recommended viewing… so, as the more social media-y amongst you may have noticed, yesterday was in fact Roald Dahl’s 99th birthday!

So, while the only way to truly honour the great man would be through reading one of his works, we thought after the long drive and time spent sorting your room out you’d probably want a film? Thought so! So grab yourself a snozzcumber and quit your whizpopping, and check out our list of some of the best Roald Dahl’s book-to-films ever made.

Witches (1990)

This 1990 classic sees the children hating witches take over a hotel as a witch convention comes to town. Discovering the identity of many of the hotel guests as witches, Luke – a 9 year old American boy on holiday with his grandmother – sets about a plan to free the hotel of their gruesome presence. This film is a fantastic display of the book’s and Dahl’s leaning towards the creepy and absurd.

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Poor ol’ Charlie and his family haven’t had the best breaks in life, but they’re rich in love (n’awww). Watch as Charlie and his granddad have the trippiest day of their entire life; featuring such lessons as, don’t be greedy or you’ll end up in a chocolate river. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… gosh, you may even learn a thing or two!

You Only Live Twice (1967)

We know! There’s a pub quiz answer for you. This James Bond classic’s screenplay was actually written by Dahl, and follows the ol’ womanising secret agent on a mission to check out the disappearance of Soviet and US spacecrafts in Japan. The perfect Sunday afternoon film, if there ever was one.

So there we have it! Some of Dahl’s greatest on screen translations. Treat yourself by getting comfy in your new accommodation and indulging in a Roald Dahl-binge; we also recommend you get round to digging out your copy of one of his literary masterpieces, we’re sure you have a couple. What better way to start your new digs experience than cranking out a Dahl-creation.

In your opening few weeks we want you to feel comfortable; it’s your new home after all! So don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need anything or have any issues, you can always contact us on 01524 541251 if you’re a Lancaster inhabitant or 0116 2517270 if you’re a Leicester resident – one our friendly team will be eagerly awaiting your call!

Go on then, get back to ya’ whizpopping:

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Fresher Fails: Our Top 4 Fresher’s Week Mistakes

It’s nearly time- fresher’s week is almost here and we know that you can’t wait to celebrate moving away to university in style.

Fresher’s week is notorious for being the best week of a student’s university life and we couldn’t agree more! There’s nothing like attending student-orientated events for getting to know your new flatmates and course buddies while having a blast at the same time.

As we provide some of the comfiest student flats in Leicester, you could say that we are graduates of fresher’s week mistakes. We’d recommend that you try to avoid making them, but don’t feel like you are the only one if some do happen- trust us, there will be thousands of students up and down the country making them too!

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Four Things No One Ever Told You about Going to University

So, the time is drawing ever nearer – the start of the university term is nearly upon us, and for all you freshers out there, it couldn’t be more exciting (and just a tiny bit terrifying!). Some of you will have probably started reading up about your new university and the city you’ll be spending the next 3+ years in, but there are certain things that your teachers, tutors, parents and even Google won’t have told you…

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Your Back to Uni Checklist!


It’s happened and aren’t you excited?

You’ve safely secured your place as a full or part time student at the university of your dreams! Congratulations! Now you’re frantically running from store to store buying all the essential bits and bobs you never thought you’d actually need to buy. Soap? Who needs that? What’s washing detergent and you need how many knives and forks? Continue reading

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5 Ways to Distract Yourself from Impending Exam Results…

So, we’re sure you don’t need any more reminders about what day tomorrow is. Sure, the 13th may be unlucky for some, but we’ve got all our fingers and toes crossed, wishing you the best of luck for the much dreaded, A-Level results day. But for now, you’ve still got a whole day to get through before you get to tear open that envelope of dreams and find out where you’ll be spending the next 3-4 years. So, instead of spending the day twiddling your thumbs and trying to ignore the pit in your stomach, why not distract yourself with some of these nifty websites?

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World Lazy Day: Food to Keep Your Brain Active

Well, we knew there had to be a day dedicated to it… today is actually official Lazy Day! This is all very convenient considering there is room still available at both our Leicester and Lancaster Uni accommodation where, let’s face it, you’ll be spending a fair amount of time lazing! And why not? You’ve earned it!

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Hottest Thing Off-Campus

This time of year can be hugely stressful for those students that perhaps haven’t sorted out there university places down to the last detail. Perhaps you are having to use clearing or didn’t manage to secure a place in the on-campus accommodation, the stress can mount up incredibly quickly.

Well worry not peeps as we’ve got you covered; thankfully we’ve still got rooms left in our student accommodation in Leicester and they are the perfect place to spend your first, second or third year. All of our halls are designed specifically with students in mind and we always lead the way in providing exactly what it is that you need.

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Last Minute Clearing? We’ve Got a Room for You!

The 13th of August is a day that plenty of future students are looking forward to with more than a little trepidation. It is of course the day that so many of you will find out just how well you did in the culmination of coursework and exams that was your A-Levels. For most it will be a day of elation as they get the news that they have been accepted into their university of choice.

For others though, a slightly lower set of grades than expected can mean that their initial choices are not available to them and that they will have to go through the process of clearing.

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